From time to time I’ve noticed references to the concept of putting Americans first with regard to allocation of the nation’s scarce resources in a presentation that includes limiting the opportunities for citizenship. This viewpoint bears testimony to the immigration policies of the United States, while purporting to advance the interests of Americans – most notably those who are disadvantaged or lack skills that might otherwise enable them to better compete in the current job market and thereby overcome economic and/or social hardship.
Though elements of this approach have become somewhat adopted or otherwise incorporated into various contemporary discussions, my research suggests that the original source of the concept is Steve Sailer, author of the book, America's Half-Blood Prince.
I introduce this concept as a “challenge for discussion” by first linking (below) to a 2006 article from The American Conservative.
The author appears to hold particular disdain for multiculturalism and political correctness. He references the Preamble to the US Constitution to suggest that lawmakers and elected officials have a fiduciary responsibility to protect current citizens and their descendants from any dilution of “the scarcity value of their right to live in America.”Citizenism is patriotism understood not as shouting that America is the best but as wanting the best for Americans.
Though the author himself can be seen as controversial, inconsistent, and even racist – the primary intent of this thread is to examine the relative legitimacy of his argument / moral theory / concept. And that determination is germane because its elements have found their way into the public discourse relative to US immigration policy.
The topic of this thread is open to a wide variation of interpretation or conceptual illustration; however, interpersonal commentary or excessive deviations from the presented ideas are not desired. A methodical approach is most likely to provide a clear result.
As a convenience of reference, I’ve added links below to polls cited within the article:
Poll: U.S. Border Control Lacking (CBS News; [results from] October 2005)
Worldviews 2002 – American Public Opinion & Foreign Policy (Chicago Council on Foreign Relations; 2002)
Attitudes toward Immigrants and Immigration Policy: Surveys among Latinos in the U.S. and in Mexico (Pew Research Hispanic Center; August 2005)